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Debian

+ - Debian 6.0 Released->

Submitted by Tubal-Cain
Tubal-Cain (1289912) writes "The Debian Project has announced the release of version 6.0 (codenamed "Squeeze") of their popular operating system. This version, the first first since they adopted a release schedule a year and a half ago, features KDE 4.4.5, Gnome 2.30, X.org 2.7, and the Linux 2.6.32 kernel. They are also introducing a port to a FreeBSD kernel on x86 and x86_64 platforms. Accompanying this new version is an updated layout for their websites, bringing a bit of consitency between their home page, wiki, package search, etc."
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Comment: Asimov comes to mind (Score 1) 1

by rajkiran_g (#33806836) Attached to: Writing By Hand Helps Train the Brain

Indeed, technology often gets blamed for handwriting's demise. But in an interesting twist, new software for touch-screen devices, such as the iPad, is starting to reinvigorate the practice."

Asimov has written several stories with a similar theme. People discovering ancient practices rendered obsolete by new technology.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Fun_They_Had

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Feeling_of_Power

Education

+ - How Well Will Linux Handle Future Multicores?->

Submitted by eldavojohn
eldavojohn (898314) writes "Multicore (think tens or hundreds of cores) will come at a price for current operating systems. A team at MIT found that as they approached 48 cores their operating system slowed down. After activating more and more cores in their simulation, a sort of memory leak occurred whereby data had to remain in memory as long as a core might need it in its calculations. But the good news is that in their paper (PDF), they showed that for at least several years Linux should be able to keep up with chip enhancements in the multicore realm. To handle multiple cores, Linux keeps a counter of which cores are working on the data. As a core starts to work on a piece of data, Linux increments the number. When the core is done, Linux decrements the number. As the core count approached 48, the amount of actual work decreased and Linux spent more time managing counters. But the team found that 'Slightly rewriting the Linux code so that each core kept a local count, which was only occasionally synchronized with those of the other cores, greatly improved the system's overall performance.' The researchers caution that as the number of cores skyrockets, operating systems will have to be completely redesigned to handle managing these cores and SMP. After reviewing the paper, one researcher is confident Linux will remain viable for five to eight years without need for a major redesign."
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The Internet

+ - Wikipedia is offline

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "It appears as though wikipedia.org is offline. Just as it did on the 24th of March, it seems to have blinked out of existence. As a direct result, all of human kind is now slightly dumber."
Space

Space Photos Taken From Shed Stun Astronomers 149

Posted by timothy
from the love-the-gold-mylar dept.
krou writes "Amateur astronomer Peter Shah has stunned astronomers around the world with amazing photos of the universe taken from his garden shed. Shah spent £20,000 on the equipment, hooking up a telescope in his shed to his home computer, and the results are being compared to images taken by the Hubble Space Telescope. 'Most men like to putter about in their garden shed,' said Shah, 'but mine is a bit more high tech than most. I have fitted it with a sliding roof so I can sit in comfort and look at the heavens. I have a very modest set up, but it just goes to show that a window to the universe is there for all of us – even with the smallest budgets. I had to be patient and take the images over a period of several months because the skies in Britain are often clouded over and you need clear conditions.' His images include the Monkey's head nebula, M33 Pinwheel Galaxy, Andromeda Galaxy and the Flaming Star Nebula, and are being put together for a book."

Comment: Re:Corporate crimes (Score 1) 171

by rajkiran_g (#28777299) Attached to: 'Vanish' Makes Sensitive Data Self-Destruct

Since this is a free and open source tool, it should be possible to save a copy of the key as well as the scrambled message as soon as it is received, so that it can be decrypted at any later time.

It is explicitly mentioned in the article that the aim of this is not to prevent the recipient from saving a copy. It is to prevent decryption at the lots of other places where it might be cached since the key is destroyed after a short while.

Novell

+ - Novell Offers Commercial Support for Mono 2.4->

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volume4 writes "Novell has released a new product based on Mono 2.4, the SUSE Linux Enterprise Mono Extension, which provides commercial support for running .NET applications on SUSE Linux Enterprise Server. This includes hosting your ASP.NET, ASP.NET AJAX and ASP.NET MVC applications on an Apache web server allowing your .NET code to run side-by-side with other Web stack and open source technologies."
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Programming

+ - 4kb ought to be enough for everyone->

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An anonymous reader writes "Vizworld.com writes about 'A spectacular youtube video making the rounds this week of some fantastic showy mountainous terrain. What you may not know is that this is completely CG scenery, created in a mere 4 kilobytes of code.' This 4kb intro was released this month by Rgba and TBC at the German demo party Breakpoint 2009 and not surprisingly won the 4kb intro competition. The file can be downloaded from Pouët.net http://pouet.net/prod.php?which=52938 (optimized for newer GPUs like 8800gtx or hd4850 according to the coder. Virus warnings are false positives caused by dynamic packing). Those with low end GPUs can watch it on Youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_YWMGuh15nE"
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Earth

Large Ice Shelf Expected To Break From Antarctica 278

Posted by Soulskill
from the too-cool-for-school dept.
MollyB sends this excerpt from CNN: "A large ice shelf is 'imminently' close to breaking away from part of the Antarctic Peninsula, scientists said Friday. Satellite images released by the European Space Agency on Friday show new cracks in the Wilkins Ice Shelf where it connects to Charcot Island, a piece of land considered part of the peninsula. The cracks are quickly expanding, the ESA said. ... The Wilkins Ice Shelf — a large mass of floating ice — would still be connected to Latady Island, which is also part of the peninsula, and Alexander Island, which is not, said professor David Vaughan, a glaciologist at the British Antarctic Survey. ... If the ice shelf breaks away from the peninsula, it will not cause a rise in sea level because it is already floating, scientists say. Some plants and animals may have to adapt to the collapse."
The Courts

RIAA Drops Enforcement Case To "Sort Out" Inaccuracies 69

Posted by Soulskill
from the nothing-to-see-here-move-along dept.
NewYorkCountryLawyer writes "The other day I reported on my blog that the record companies had assigned, to the RIAA itself, a $4000 default judgment they'd gotten against some lady in Massachusetts, and that the RIAA was going after the defendant with an 'enforcement' proceeding to squeeze the money out of her. Today, it turns out, the RIAA withdrew its motion because, according to the RIAA's collection lawyer, the motion 'contained factual inaccuracies ... which plaintiff needs to sort out' (PDF). The collection lawyer must be new around here; a few little 'factual inaccuracies' never bothered an RIAA lawyer before."

Comment: Re:I don't understand (Score 5, Informative) 163

by rajkiran_g (#26732727) Attached to: Scientists Create Compound With a Single Element

AFAIK, an allotrope is just a different spatial arrangement of atoms without any transfer of electrons. However, in this case, the arrangement is such that there is a transfer of charge from one set of atoms to another.

From TFA,

How can an element be ionic? Classical chemistry textbooks indicate that charge transfer occurs when atoms have different electronegativities and this automatically disqualifies pure elements as possible ionic phases. Boron finds a surprising solution to this problem â" its new structure contains two very different types of nanoclusters, B12 icosahedra (blue in the figure above) and B2 dumbbells (orange in the figure above). The electronic structures of these two clusters are very different â" in fact, the dependence of electronic properties on the size of the cluster is well known and is the main idea of nanotechnology. Electronegativities of the B12 icosahedra and B2 pairs are different, and this causes charge redistribution and the emergence of partial ionicity in this elemental structure.

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